Valtteri Bottas has revealed how his girlfriend Tiffany Cromwell has helped him to think positively – by hanging pictures of his wins on his apartment wall.
The Finn’s relationship with the Australian professional cyclist became public in February and during the 2020 Formula 1 season, Cromwell has been with him at most races.
Although Bottas has again had to play second fiddle to his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, whom he trails by 85 points in the World Championship standings, he has still increased his F1 victories tally to nine with triumphs in Austria and Russia.
And giving himself a constant reminder of those successes is useful in his quest to bridge the gap to Hamilton and ultimately become World Champion himself, according to his 32-year-old partner Cromwell.
In an interview with Bild am Sonntag, reported by Motorsport-total.com, Bottas said: “One thing was pretty impressive – Tiff hung pictures of my victories in our apartment in Monaco. I never wanted driving pictures hanging on my wall because I thought it was self-expression.
“But she said to me ‘when you look at them, remember what you are capable of’.
“When I come home after a bad race and look at the pictures the next morning I think ‘ah yes, I won that’.”
Bottas and Cromwell have been seen cycling together around Formula 1 circuits this year, including Silverstone and Barcelona.
Cromwell, a former stage winner in the women’s Giro d’Italia, helps with Bottas’ positive thinking and also encouraging him not to make too many comparisons with Hamilton, instead focusing on himself.
“I don’t know what Lewis might do differently than Valtteri,” said Cromwell. “I can only highlight the positive things over and over again and remind him of what he’s capable of and that it doesn’t depend so much on what Lewis is doing.”
Previously, Bottas had been married to another professional sportswoman, Finnish swimmer Emilia Pikkarainen, who had competed at three different Olympic Games.
Bottas announced on Instagram they were divorcing in November 2019 after just over three years of marriage, citing “the challenges my career and life situation bring”.
The 31-year-old still has a slim mathematical chance of wresting the World Championship from Hamilton this year, but the title chase could be all over at the next race, the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul on November 15.